Accommodation review: Shepherd’s Rest lodge, Llandyssil, Powys, Wales


The word ‘luxury’ is overused, as are the words ‘tranquility’ and ‘unique’. Yet, as I discovered in the retreats of Plas Robin in the heart of rural Wales, sometimes justifiable.

The breathtaking views from these two bespoke holiday homes perched atop the rolling Welsh hillside are doing most of the talking.

Photo by Traveler List

However, it was only after staying in one of them, the Repos du Berger refuge, for three nights that we were able to truly appreciate the real magic and sweetness of life it offers.

This exquisitely designed holiday home is equipped with all modern conveniences. But it’s the design and attention to detail that elevates it to the next level of luxury. Owners David and Carol have made the most of every inch of its greatest asset – the spectacular view – full-length folding glass doors perfectly framing the view from your armchair.

Who for?

Families, couples, groups of friends – and, quite simply, anyone who loves nature or needs a must-have RnR.


Shepherd’s Rest sleeps four in two bedrooms, one with en-suite shower room which, like the bathroom, is superbly presented and scrupulously clean. There was even a fluffy bathrobe and slippers for each of us. (It’s very easy to bask in an environment that quickly took the stress out of our lives.)

The king bed in the master bedroom is so plush I didn’t want to get out of it. I felt so rested after my stay that I could barely muster the energy to drive home – or maybe it was more like not going home at all.

The contemporary open kitchen and living room are equipped with all the kitchen gadgets and utensils even the most enthusiastic chef could need.

Open kitchen. Photo by Traveler List

The SMART TVs in the living room (and both bedrooms) allowed us to really relax and unwind.

Thoughtful touches can be found in every corner, from the tub of bath salts in the bathroom to the ice bucket and hot tub side table for that all-important resting place for wine. We really appreciated the welcome basket of other local products including cakes, eggs and chocolate which got our stay off to a great start.

All sundries are laid out including cling film, foil, tea and coffee, fresh milk and sugar. Also, there is locally sourced milk in the fridge.

The weather was fine and so we took advantage of the many comfortable outdoor seating areas and watched country life unfold; kites and buzzards, sheep, chickens and Welsh ponies. We can even help ourselves to fresh eggs from the chicken coop in the morning. And as for that sunset. . .

The only visitor during our long weekend was the owners friendly dog ​​who invented a new game for us of fishing the hot tub stick. Hours of entertainment.

And, without lamenting the beautiful weather, we missed the opportunity to get cozy in front of the inviting wood-burning stove – literally the only thing that could have made this stay even more relaxing. Perfect for the colder months. Certainly not necessary though with underfloor heating which kept us warm throughout.



Hot tub with a view. Photo by Traveler List

We found that the optimal vantage point to soak up the scenery was from the hot tub which overlooks acres of fields and valleys below. There is also a free barbecue.

There is a good wifi connection considering the remote locations and Netflix has experienced some buffering!

How much?

Between £1,400 and £2,100 per week. – Not just premium hosting, but premium views. If you can afford it – and want the best, it’s worth the price for the full month!

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What’s nearby?

Within a short four mile drive from Plas Robin is the pretty little town of Montgomery. It was a pleasure to spend a few hours in the beautiful timber-framed shops and tearooms while shopping for local produce.

A short drive away, a bit off the beaten track, is the family-run Kerry Vale Winery. It is ideal for afternoon tea, a light bite or wine tasting, as well as for a complete vineyard tour, such as a guided vineyard tour with wine tasting, a tour with cheese and wine or a visit with sparkling tea in the afternoon.

The vineyard sits on a six-acre site of great archaeological interest, which was once part of the ancient Roman site of Pentreheyling Fort, a vicus (provincial civil settlement), bordering a number of camps of walks Romans and was once occupied by the Bronze Age. funerary monuments, a druidic route and a medieval settlement – with Offa’s Dyke a stone’s throw away!

Today it is proudly home to 6,000 vines of four grape varieties – Rondo, Pinot Noir, Phoenix and Solaris, perfectly suited to the English climate. Take time to browse the quaint cellar door gift shop for some quirky local souvenirs.

VerdictFor a rejuvenating short break in lush countryside, Shepherd’s Rest lodge might just do the trick.


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